Following an extensive and thorough months-long process for selecting the construction contractor for the planned Municipal Complex, the Anna City Council has authorized City Manager Jim Proce to negotiate the terms of a proposed contract with Lee Lewis Construction, Inc. of Dallas.

The authorization stipulates that the proposed contract, which must be presented to the Council for approval, will be a Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) agreement. The CMAR, in this case, Lee Lewis Construction, requires the company to complete the City Hall project within a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) which is based on the construction documents and specifications, plus any reasonably inferred items or tasks.

Lee Lewis Construction, acting as the CMAR, provides professional services and acts as a consultant to the City in the design development and construction phases. The CMAR also provides some of the actual construction of the project depending on the availability of bidders and the expertise the company has. In addition to acting in the City’s interest, the CMAR must manage and control construction costs to not exceed the GMP because contractually any costs exceeding the GMP, that are not change orders, are the financial liability of the CMAR.

Anna’s choice of Lee Lewis Construction, Inc. was the result of a selection process that received six responses to its request for proposals. A review committee, which included Proce, architect Randall Scott, Public Works Director Joseph Johnson, Police Chief Jeff Caponera, Interim Fire Chief Ray Isom, Director of Finance Dana Thornhill, Director of Planning and Development Maurice Schwanke, and Assistant Director of Public Works Steven Smith, was tasked with carefully reviewing the proposals and scoring each on various factors.

The resulting compilation of the scores paired down the list to four finalists. Once identified, representatives of the four finalist companies were interviewed individually by the committee. A subsequent set of scores from the interviews, tallied by each committee member individually, were then gathered, resulting in the choice of the Lee Lewis firm.

“Joseph Johnson led the review team and he and the team did an outstanding job of getting us to this point in this project,” said Proce. “I commend their efforts.”

While still months away from the start of construction, City officials agree that the Municipal Complex has become a necessary next step for Anna, owing to the growth and development that has marked the City over the last several years.

A new centralized City Hall, planned for construction on the lot bordered by Powell Street (Hwy 5), Fifth Street, Riggins Street and Seventh Street, increases efficiencies in several ways. It brings together elements of City administration, currently in disparate locations, under one roof. More importantly, those offices that residents frequently visit will be housed in one convenient location.

The Municipal Complex Master Plan provides for expansion of the twin-building City Hall and a third building on the site as well as a civic plaza which will serve community events. Public safety will be improved as a result of larger Fire and Police facilities, centrally located within the City, with room to grow. The expanded facilities allow the two departments to stay true to their commitment of providing emergency services personnel and equipment to meet the growing needs of the community.

Envisioned as unique to Anna, the architectural design of the City Hall facility introduces a new iconic architectural vocabulary for the future downtown development of the City, north of the Municipal Complex along Interurban.

The building’s design is deliberately suggestive of a feeling that evokes “transparency of government” and invites citizens to come in and participate in the legislative process of their City government.

Groundbreaking and the start of construction have not been set as of yet, but both are expected to occur within the next three to six months with construction expected to last some 18-24 months.